Producer Spotlight: REAP [Mos Def – Travelling Man]

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Very little is available online about the up and coming producer but in a few short months REAP (Reaponline,Reap beats) has garnered over 500,000 views on his youtube channel where he features music by well known emcees over his uniquely produced tracks.

According the Reverbnation page Reap lists J Dilla, Mos Def, NAS, 9th Wonder and Pete Rock as musical influences:

Mos Def Travelling Man Remix Produced By REAP

Download Link: http://soundcloud.com/reap/mos-def-im-leaving-produced-by

Yasiin Bey Features in "Made You Die" [Trayvon Martin Tribute] Music Video

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 “Made You Die” is a Trayvon Martin Tribute and a call to activism. Last month a behind the scenes trailer was released and now the actual video. The song utilizes Nas’ “Made You Look” instrumental . It features artists Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez, and Mikeflo. The video itself was directed by Bmike:

Hip Hop for Respect – One Four Love Part 1 [Music Video]

“One Four Love Pt. 1 – Reversing The Hate” from the 2000 EP: “Hip Hop For Respect”

Talib Kweli, Kool G Rap, Rah Digga, Sporty Thieves, Mos Def, Shabam Shaddeq, Common, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monche, Posdnuos (of De La Soul).

Hip Hop for Respect was a 2000 project which released one EP for Rawkus Records. It was organized by Mos Def and Talib Kweli to speak out against police brutality in general, and the case of Amadou Diallo in particular.

Mos Def Changed His Name To Yasiin Bey

Mos Def recently changed his mic name to Yasiin Bey [see video]. Correction… I just recently learned that Mos Def changed his name to Yasiin Bey. According to Mos it is also now his legal name. I found a youtube vid that is dated August 2011 in which he announces the name change on stage. Mos, err Yasiin also appeared on the The Colbert Report along side Talib Kweli and briefly discussed his name change [see video].

Yasiin Bey is at work and still doing what he do. He released a music video for his song “N****s in Poorest.” It’s a stark contrast from the original song for this instrumental called “Niggas In Paris” by Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Yasiin Bey [Mos Def] – N****s in Poorest [Music Video]

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